The amazing thing about choosing a holiday in Trinidad and Tobago is that it caters for both the busy, active personalities, and those who just want some peace, quiet and time to relax.
Spreading over a 4,828 km2, Trinidad is the island with the most energy and also the larger population of the two islands. The energy here comes from the people, a fun group who live life to the fullest, their mark on the world being the steel pan music and the limbo which originates here. If you’re comfortable to get up and get involved, you’ll feel right at home in Trinidad, with its popular dance clubs, open air markets, calypso tents, and frequent festivals.
If you happen to be visiting the country during its most well known festival ,Carnival , you will be treated with dance-worthy musical performances, amazing island food and many other cultural festivities unique to the island. The rich culture and heritage which is open for you to explore here is not limited to music; some sites worth visiting include the National Museum and Art Gallery, the Botanical Gardens, and Fort Chacon.
Alternatively, if you’re looking for some down time, Tobago offers a quieter and more natural atmosphere- boasting several awards for its eco-tourism initiatives. Tobago is home to the oldest protected forest in the Western Hemisphere, many secluded beaches, nature trails, bird watching sites, and a colourful coral reef that divers just can't get enough of. Named "Iere", the Land of the Hummingbird, by its earliest inhabitants, Trinidad is home to more resident species of bird than any other destination in the Caribbean, and nature enthusiasts will be impressed by the extensive avian sighting. In order to allow visitors to Trinidad to learn more about the islands history and nature, many historic plantations have been converted into nature preserves, with sites such as Aripo Caves and Savannah, Devil's Woodyard, and Maracas Waterfall that you won't want to miss out on.
There are plenty of accommodation choices for your Trinidad and Tobago holiday, from luxury hotels offering the best in facilities and service, to wild camping sites getting you closer to nature, and all other types of accommodation in between. However, a guide is highly recommended for those off-track adventures.
While different in personality, one thing Trinidad and Tobago does have in common is their beautiful beaches. The image you no doubt conjured up when you imagine your Caribbean holiday of crystal clear waters and white sand beaches are a reality here. There are 10 beaches in Tobago and over 20 on Trinidad, each with their niche and offering.
ONE DESTINATION, TWO ISLAND EXPERIENCE
Venezuela is just eight miles away from the Trinidad and Tobago islands, yet life here is much more defined by its colonial roots of African, Indian, Chinese, British and French decent than by the neighbouring Latin American culture. The ethnic diversity on the islands is frequently evident, but particularly so in the local cuisine, which features everything from rotis (soft Indian bread wrapped around curried meat and vegetables) and doubles (a curried chickpea snack) to Creole-inspired seafood dishes. To try one of the country’s most renowned dishes, head to Maracas Beach and enjoy the renowned Shark 'n' Bake, a fried-shark sandwich.
Port of Spain- the capital- boasts a number of art galleries which houses the works of local painters and sculptors, and visitors can also check out the Magnificent Seven, a row of early 20th-century mansions along the Savannah, Port-of-Spain's 'Central Park'.
Trinidad, whilst the more energetic of the two, is not just about the bustle; outside the capital, travellers can take the tone down a little and take time out to visit the tallest Hanuman Murti statue outside of India, standing at 85-feet tall, or stay at Grande Riviere Beach from March to September to see the nesting leatherback turtles. The Asa Wright Nature Centre & Lodge is a 700-acre former plantation which draws birdwatchers to see its oilbirds, the only living species of nocturnal fruit-eating birds; while at the Caroni Bird Sanctuary, boat tours bring visitors within viewing distance of the rare scarlet ibis, which are best spotted at sunset.
While Tobago is famous for a quieter way of life and breathtaking sunsets, the 301 km2 island is also home to Tobago Main Ridge Forest Reserve (which is UNESCO certified), and the waters off Tobago host the largest brain coral in the western hemisphere. During the winter months, anglers to the island might catch white marlin, sailfish, wahoo, swordfish, dolphin or yellow-fin tuna. If you’re a bit competitive and fancy your hand at something a little different, mid April sees the annual competition which seriously competitive... goat racing! Cheer on your goat and jockey of choice or get involved with the crab races that take place at the same time.